Art History Emphasis: Lower Division Requirements – 24 units

The Art Major with an Emphasis in Art History requires a minimum of twenty-four (24) units of lower-division coursework. Eighteen (18) of these units are required; the remaining six (6) units may come from a combination of Art Program offerings and courses taken outside the program, as described below.

Lower Division Required Courses – 18 units

Take these four courses:

  • ART 108 – Visual Technologies Units: 3
  • ART 110 – Caves To Cathedrals: History Of Western Art I Units: 3
  • ART 111 – Mona Lisa To Monet and Beyond: History Of Western Art II Units: 3
  • ART 112 – Art of the Eastern World Units: 3

Plus one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Understanding Fine Arts Processes Units: 3
  • ART 105 – Drawing and Composition Units: 3
  • ART 106 – Color and Design Units: 3
  • ART 107 – Life Drawing Units: 3

And one of the following courses:

  • ART 201 – Painting Units: 3
  • ART 202 – Sculpture Units: 3
  • ART 203 – Illustration Units: 3
  • ART 204 – Graphic Design Units: 3
  • ART 205 – Multimedia Units: 3
  • ART 206 – Animation Units: 3
  • ART 207 – Ceramics Units: 3
  • ART 209 – Photography Units: 3
  • ART 211 – Visual Story Design Units: 3
  • ART 212 – Video Production Units: 3

Note: For declared majors in Art: Art History Emphasis only: ART 201 through 212 require ART 108 plus one other 100-level studio course; any other prerequisites waived.

Lower Division Elective Courses – 6 units

Choose two from among the following courses:

  • Lower-division (100- or 200-) Art Program courses not taken above
  • No more than two of the following lower-division language courses: ARAB 101, ARAB 102, ASL 101 , ASL 102, CHIN 101, CHIN 102 , CHS 150, FREN 101, FREN 102, SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, SPAN 202 , SPAN 211 , SPAN 212 . Students who have completed a full year of college-level, lower-division study of a foreign language not offered at CI may petition for up to six (6) units of lower-division major credit.
  • The following specific lower-division courses: BIOL 212/PSY 212 , COMM 101 , COMM 211/LIB 211 , COMM 225, COMP 101 , COMP 102 , COMP 110 /LS 110 , ECS 101 , ECS 150/PSY 150 , EDUC 101 , GEOL 121 , GLST 200 , LS 200 , PA 101 , PA 202 , PAMU 200 , PATH 281 , PSY 100, UNIV 198 , UNIV 298
  • Lower-division (100- or 200-) courses with the following prefixes: ANTH, ENGL, GEOG, HIST, SOC

You are encouraged to enroll in courses that will best support your individual educational goals. Consult with Academic Advising, with the Art Program chair or advisor, or with any of the Art History faculty for guidance and advice.

Courses from programs other than Art may have prerequisites; consult the course catalog and/or Academic Advising before enrolling in courses outside the Art Program.

Art History Emphasis: Upper Division Requirements – 33 units

The Art History Emphasis requires a minimum of thirty-three (33) units of upper-division coursework. Three (3) units are provided by the required upper-division methods course. Eighteen (18) of these units must be taken from within those courses designated as art history/interdisciplinary units. An additional three (3) units are provided by the capstone experience. The remaining nine (9) units may come from a combination of Art Program offerings and courses taken outside the program, as described below.

Upper-Division Methods Course – 3 units

To ensure preparation for upper-division coursework, you are urged to take ART 300 not later than your junior year (first year at CI for transfer students).

  • ART 300 – Art History: Tools And Methods Units: 3

Art History-Interdisciplinary Art Courses – 18 units

You are encouraged to enroll in a variety of art history and interdisciplinary courses addressing multiple time periods, artistic developments, and theoretical issues. Art Majors in the Art History emphasis may also focus on a particular area of interest.

Select at least one and no more than three courses from each of the following groups, (for a total of six courses (18 units):

Note: the special topics course ART 480 – Advanced Issues in Art History, Theory and Criticism, may be substituted for a course in one of the areas below depending on topic and subject to approval of the Art Program chair.

Group I: Critical and Professional Perspectives

  • ART 330 – Critical Thinking in a Visual World Units: 3
  • ART 331 – Art, Society, and Mass Media (Cross-listed as COMM 331) Units: 3
  • ART 334 – The Business Of Art (Cross-listed as BUS 334) Units: 3
  • ART 336 – Art and Music: Dissonance, Diversity and Continuity (Cross-listed as PAMU 336) Units: 3
  • ART 337 – Art on Film and Film as Art Units: 3
  • ART 338 – Psychology of Art and Artists (Cross-listed as PSY 338) Units: 3
  • ART 433 – Women, Art and Society Units: 3
  • ART 434 – The Museum: Culture, Business and Education (Cross-listed as BUS 434, EDUC 434) Units: 3
  • ART 451 – Diversity in the Visual Arts Units: 3

Group II: Art before 1800

  • ART 341 – Goddesses and Heroes: Art of The Ancient World Units: 3
  • ART 343 – Power and Glory: Medieval Art Units: 3
  • ART 344 – Global Arts of Islam Units: 3
  • ART 351 – The Baroque Eye: Art, Culture, Money and Power Units: 3

Group III: Art after 1800

  • ART 332 – Multicultural Art Movements Units: 3
  • ART 333 – History of Southern California Chicana/o Art (Cross-listed as HIST 333, CHS 333) Units: 3
  • ART 435 – Postmodern Visual Culture Units: 3
  • ART 436 – Modern Art Units: 3

Capstone – 3 units

The Art History Emphasis requires a capstone experience. In order to make the most of this integrative learning experience, you are urged to take Capstone in one of your final semesters.

  • ART 499 – Arts Capstone Project Units: 3

Upper Division Elective Courses – 9 units

Choose the remaining units in the major from among the following courses:

  • Upper-division art history/interdisciplinary courses not taken above.
  • Upper-division art studio courses for which you have satisfied the prerequisites (typically, the 300- and 400-level successors to the 200-level course taken as part of lower division coursework). * The following upper-division Art Program electives: ART 360 , ART 471 , ART 480 , ART 489 , ART 490 , ART 492, ART 494 . Note that enrollment in ART 492 and ART 494 is subject to instructor approval.
  • No more than two of the following upper-division language courses: SPAN 301, SPAN 302, SPAN 304 , SPAN 320, SPAN 450 . Students who have completed a full year of college-level, upper-division study of a foreign language not offered at CI may petition for up to six (6) units of upper-division major credit.
  • No more than two additional upper-division courses taken outside of the Art Program. These courses should be chosen in consultation with Art History faculty and must be approved by the Art Program chair or advisor.